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Last week our team selected civil and environmental engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill from among four qualified proposals to provide technical support to the Island Waters project.
Phase 1 of this award will retain professional services to provide technical support through BMP identification, prioritization and selection, including several related tasks such as QAPP development, municipal training, IDDE demonstration, finance planning, support for mid-course evaluation, and program benefit-cost analysis. Phase 1 will also include technical support for project final reporting and closeout.
Phase 2 of this award will retain engineering services for BMP design, permitting and installation including construction RFP and contracting support, and construction oversight.
Last Thursday night over 170 community members joined the Island Waters Partnership to learn about and discuss water quality issues on AquidneckIsland. Thanks to all who attended!
Water is the lifeblood of Aquidneck Island – residents and visitors value clean coastal waters for swimming, sailing and fishing, and rely on surface reservoirs for safe, plentiful drinking water. The Island’s fresh and salt waters are closely interconnected, and all are vulnerable to pollution from stormwater runoff and other impacts of human development.
Recognizing the need for Island communities to work together on water quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $1 million to create Island Waters, a new partnership to preserve and restore clean water on Aquidneck Island.
Join us on December 8th for a public forum on clean water, hosted by the Island Waters partnership of local organizations and Island municipalities. We’ll provide an overview of Aquidneck Island’s waters and watersheds; describe new and ongoing efforts to reduce water pollution; and present information to help all AquidneckIslanders ensure the future of clean water.
When: Thursday, December 8th, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: CCRI Auditorium, 1 John Chafee Blvd, Newport
Cost: Free with registration (below), but seating is limited
Island Waters Partners: AIPC; Clean Ocean Access; Aquidneck Land Trust; Eastern RI Conservation District; City of Newport; Towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, R.I.; RI Dept. of Environmental Management, RI Green Infrastructure Coalition
Smart Island Series Forum Sponsors: AIPC; Newport Daily News; van Beuren Charitable Foundation; Rhode Island Foundation
The Island Waters project is up and running. In October, AIPC met with our project partners –Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Aquidneck Land Trust and Clean Ocean Access – to continue developing this three-year program to protect and restore Aquidneck Island’s fresh and salt water from the effects of storm water pollution. The team is now focused on developing a “request for proposals” to hire an engineering firm for technical support, and working with the statewide Green Infrastructure Coalition to develop outreach materials for homeowners, commercial properties, and others to reduce storm water pollution.
We're pleased to announce a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for "Island Waters," an innovative new project that will protect and restore fresh and salt water quality on the Island. AIPC developed the three-year program in partnership with the City of Newport, Towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, Aquidneck Land Trust and Clean Ocean Access.
The grant is aimed at reducing storm water runoff, which washes pollution into our drinking water reservoirs and coastal waters. Storm water is a problem for water quality throughout the U.S.; however with relatively little protected watershed, large surface reservoirs, and some of the state’s most popular recreational beaches, we are uniquely vulnerable to this type of pollution.
Island Waters will develop an inter-municipal partnership to help the communities develop more effective ways of managing storm water. While much of the Island Waters grant is for engineering and construction, the project also includes a storm water financing plan and extensive outreach to homeowners and other Island stakeholders.
Learn more about this project from the great news coverage here and here, or by attending our Island Waters community forum on Nov 17th at CCRI (More details TBA). Stay tuned for more news soon!